Taking a Stand | Richard Sherman

Taking a Stand


This Sunday we play San Fransisco and they’re a great opponent. They’ve got some weapons. Torrey Smith, Carlos Hyde. They’re running Chip Kelly’s offense. They do a great job. They’ve been getting yards, moving the ball, scoring points.

However, the state of things in the world today is very interesting. You have players that are trying to take a stand and trying to be aware of social issues to increase people’s awareness and put a spotlight on it and they’re being ignored. Whether they are taking a knee or whether they are locking arms. We are trying to bring people together and unite them for a cause. The last couple of days more guys have gotten shot and killed in the middle of the street. More videos have come out of guys getting killed, and people are still missing the point. The reason these guys are kneeling, the reason we’re locking arms is to bring people together to make people aware that this is not right. It’s not right for people to get killed in the street.

I do a lot of community service. I go out there and try to help kids and try to encourage them to be better and to aspire to more. When you tell a kid, “when you’re dealing with police, just put your hands up and comply with everything,” there’s still a chance of them getting shot and no repercussions for anyone. That’s an unfortunate time to be living. It’s an unfortunate place to be in. There is not a lot you can tell a kid. There is not a lot you can try to inspire in a person when you say, “we need black fathers to be in the community to stay there for your kids,” but they’re getting killed in the street for nothing, for putting their hands on their cars. That’s the unfortunate part, that’s the unfortunate place that we’re living in. Something needs to be done. When a guy takes a knee, you can ignore it. You can say he’s not being patriotic, he’s not honoring the flag. I’m doing none of those things. I’m saying this is wrong and we need to do something. I hope you all have a blessed day. 




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